Fall in Love with Laurel & Jones County

Fall is in the air, which means it’s the perfect time to enjoy pumpkin spice, autumn leaves, sweater weather, and exploring our charming Home Town! Whether you are looking for festivals to attend, delicious food to eat, or places to stay, we’ve got a list of activities that will make you fall in love with Laurel and Jones County this season! 

Fall Festivals & Farmer Markets 

It’s the perfect weather to enjoy a day of fun in the sun, and Laurel and Jones County have fall fairs and festivals to put you in the mood for the season! Join us for our Fall Fest in the Ville’ for a day of pony rides and fun jumps, live music, food trucks, and shopping! Stick around as the sun sets for Trunk or Treat and a costume contest! Take the family to the Kiln to Kitchen Farmers Market, where you can get the full local experience on Saturday mornings. Discover locally grown and garden fresh plants and produce from our Home Town community. And you can’t miss out on the South Mississippi Fair every October for eight days of thrilling rides, yummy fair food, + more! 

Flavorful Food and Drinks!

Southern cooking is our specialty, and you won’t want to miss out on these delicious dining options in Laurel and Jones County! Enhance your dining experience at 320 Fifth Street – enjoy delicious American cuisine while participating in trivia, open mic night, or live music. Want to be in the spotlight? Mark your calendar, and get ready to stroll around downtown for Wine Down Downtown Laurel 2023. Enjoy walking around our beautiful downtown while sampling wines from all our participating merchants. Not a wine connoisseur? No worries! You can visit our 30-plus merchants and restaurants that are open to serve you! For some delicious Southern breakfast food, head over to Grits and Some. If you are in the mood for BBQ, Hog Heaven BBQ is the place for you! Looking for a fancy date night restaurant? Edgar’s Steakhouse is the perfect fine-dining restaurant for you and your special someone! Laurel and Jones County have no shortage of restaurants that will satisfy your taste buds this fall!

Cozy Lodging

When booking a trip for the holidays, lodging is one of the most important parts of the planning process! We’ve got you covered with these charming housing options in Laurel and Jones County! For a perfect home away from home experience with delicious home-cooked food, check out one of our Bed and Breakfasts! The Grandiflora Bed and Breakfast, and Wisteria Bed and Breakfast are sure to provide you with the southern hospitality we are known for! If you are looking to stay in an Airbnb, check out one of our vacation rentals, such as Happy Blue Cary and Company. We also have a plethora of hotels with numerous amenities to enhance your stay!  

We can’t wait to share our countless entertainment options, dining, and lodging with you so you can fall in love with Laurel and Jones County, too!

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Couples Getaway: A Romantic Weekend in Laurel & Jones County

Looking for a weekend escape full of charm, relaxation and small-town hospitality? From laid back and romantic to lively and entertaining, Laurel and Jones County has something that every couple will enjoy.

Where to Stay?

Couples Getaway Weekend - Grandiflora Bed & Breakfast

Grandiflora Bed & Breakfast

Laurel and Jones County has found the perfect way to combine romance and history throughout their area and while it might sound crazy to some, it definitely works for visitors looking for that ideal getaway. If you head down to Laurel’s charming historic district, you will find the Grandiflora Bed & Breakfast. Built in the early 1900’s, this luxury Bed & Breakfast will take you back in time with antique décor and vintage furniture, at the same time providing its guest with modern amenities to make your stay the most enjoyable.

Wanting to connect a more with nature (and maybe as a couple)? Do some camping at Big Creek Water Park or Lake Bogue Homa. Both with scenic views and a mild climate all year round, you’re always able to take in the countryside and enjoy a romantic picnic while you’re at! These outdoor sites are just a few of the hidden treasures Laurel and Jones County has to offer.

Other travel and lodging can be viewed here.

 

Date Night

Be sure to make a good impression and book those reservations in advance. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered! Laurel’s own, Café La Fleur is a local favorite inspired by the Cajun experience and definitely a place you’ll want to experience for yourself! With classic Cajun fare and homemade desserts, it’s easy to see why people can’t get enough of this local restaurant.

If you’re looking for tasty, innovative dishes, make sure to check out Edgar’s Steakhouse, located in the Dixie Golf Club. Go for lunch and try their blue-plate special if you’re looking for an all-in-one meal or really impress your date and go all out with a perfectly hand cut steak.  And don’t leave without trying their homemade praline bread pudding! We always like to end the night with something sweet.

 

The Loft Restaurant

The Loft

 

Sit back and relax while you enjoy some live music when you dine at The Loft on Central Ave. Steak and seafood are their specialties and you’ll never leave hungry! Having a more upscale feel, The Loft will be sure to impress any date and may even land you a second!

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A Weekend Full of Fun

Looking for something to bond over but that won’t break the bank? Then the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, might be the perfect place for you and that special someone. Luckily for visitors, the LRMA has countless collections and multiple exhibitions throughout the year that anyone can enjoy.

If you’re wanting something a little more “hands on” look no further than HAND + Made. You’ll find a little bit of everything at this interactive retail and studio and be able to see what makes it unique to Laurel and Jones County. From apparel and take home diy kits to classes offered right there at the studio, they definitely know how to add a personal touch.

 

Couples Getaway Weekend Ideas - 320 Fifth Street

320 Fifth Street

Although we love experiencing new things, music is something we can always count on to bring people closer and Laurel and Jones County have just the spot! Throughout the year you can support local artists and head down to 320 Fifth Street for some live music and good times! No matter how you choose to spend your time in Laurel and Jones County, you can always count on it be memorable. If those don’t strike your fancy, we suggest other fun filled activities you might enjoy such as shopping in Laurel and Ellisville or testing your luck at Bok Homa Casino!

 

Where to Lay Your Head: Places to Stay in Laurel & Jones County

Laurel MS, Home Town

Countless new memories are waiting to be made in Laurel and Jones County, Mississippi.

Whatever your plans may be—a weekend girls trip, a family vacation on the Gulf Coast, or a getaway for two—Laurel and Jones County, Mississippi is the perfect place to stop, if even just for a night, and soak up small-town charm, beauty and Southern hospitality you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

The hardest decision you’ll make while planning your trip here? Where to stay.

From enchanting B&Bs and lovely Airbnbs to top name-brand hotels, we’ve got the accommodations to meet even the pickiest travelers’ needs. Let’s take a closer look.

 

Charming B&Bs in Laurel & Jones County

Dreaming of a trip full of leisurely strolls taking in one-of-a-kind shops and eateries? Our town’s B&Bs are just the ticket! All are within walking distance of our delightful downtown area and the historic district brimming with beautiful homes and oak tree-lined streets.

If you’re an art aficionado, consider the Grandiflora Bed & Breakfast, a luxurious, 9,000-square-feet manor located just across the street from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Located in a home built around 1907, the Grandiflora boasts upscale suites with marble features, en-suite luxury spas and private balconies, as well as a handful of rooms offering all the modern-day conveniences you need to stay comfortably in this historic gem.

bed and breakfast like Wisteria in Laurel, MS

Next up on the list is the Sweet Somethings Bed & Breakfast, a remarkable B&B located just above a cute bakery featuring studio suites with original 16-feet ceilings and red oak & pine floors. Not only are you mere steps away from virtually every kind of delicious dessert you can imagine, Sweet Somethings’ convenient Central Avenue location downtown means you’re also a hop, skip, and jump from some of the area’s finest shops and dining spots.

Last, but certainly not least, is Laurel’s oldest B&B, built in 1901 and located in the heart of the historic district: the Wisteria Bed & Breakfast. Rightly named for its lavender-colored exterior, the Wisteria is a historical haven offering an experience like none other of a bygone era with its timeless heirlooms, period furnishings and hand-made leaded and beveled-glass windows. When you’re not busy soaking up the history and goodness of this gorgeous B&B, its prime location on 5th Avenue puts you just a short walk away from Downtown Laurel.

 

Awesome Airbnbs in Laurel & Jones County

Want a B&B experience—without the company? We’ve got some fantastic Airbnbs worth writing home about!

If you’re an HGTV Home Town fan—or you’re simply wanting to stay like a local—the Laurel Cottages are sure to be right up your alley. Each cottage boasts its own unique and cozy setup, and they’re all located in the beautiful historic district just blocks away from downtown Laurel.

Another quaint local cottage to consider is Bonnie’s Laurel Cottage Airbnb. This cute space features two ultra-clean and comfy bedrooms, spacious decks and close proximity to downtown Laurel and the historic district. What’s more? Depending on when you visit, there are plenty of blueberry bushes and cherry tomato plants on the property ripe for the pickin’!

 

Name-brand Hotels in Laurel & Jones County

Baymont by Wyndham hotel in Laurel, MS

Photo courtesy Wyndham Hotels

If hotel-staying is more your style, you’re in luck. Laurel and Jones County, MS are home to a variety of name-brand hotels offering all the comforts you’re looking for when away from home.

For spacious guest rooms and suites, the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, which just underwent a full property renovation, are the perfect places to rest your

head. Both are excellent, family-friendly hotels with convenient access to the Big Creek Water Park, the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport and a variety of nearby shops, restaurants and businesses. The Baymont by Wyndham features 65 guest rooms, a courtyard pool area, plus a fitness center with a sauna.  All three hotels feature a professional meeting space as well. Bringing Fido on your trip? Quality Inn is an excellent pet-friendly choice.

 

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